Similar to the shape of screws, dental implants are a replacement for tooth roots. In simple words, dental implants take place of the missing tooth/teeth. These implants are comprised of 3 parts: Crown, connector and base. Think of these implants as artificial roots. They are surgically placed or implanted in your jawbone. The dental implant then bonds with the natural bone to create a strong and sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth called crown; dentures or bridgework.
The dental implant feels and acts exactly like a real tooth and can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
When a dental implant procedure has been advised by your dental care doctor, you might want to know the complete details as to what this dental implant procedure involves.
The dental implant procedure requires oral surgery, and is mostly performed while the patient is sedated.
During the surgery, the dentist will drill a small hole in the jawbone and carefully screw the base – the implant, which is made of titanium – into the bone. The gum is then placed over the implant.
After the base of the implant has healed enough, a second surgery is needed to fit the connector (The abutment – which is either made of titanium, gold or porcelain) into the top of the implant.
Once this has been done, the crown is screwed or cemented onto the abutment. The crown can be all metal or porcelain. This crown is attached to the connector with special dental cement and a small screw.
Although, the entire procedure is time consuming, it adds major benefits to your dental health as well as your overall health.
Here are a few benefits:
If you are still left wondering whether there will be pain during the surgery, we will help you clear your doubts.
Although of this screwing and drilling may sound extremely painful, but you'll be comforted to know that placing an implant is easier than taking a tooth out. An as stated earlier, the surgery is conducted while the patient is sedated – usually a local anesthetic is used, which means you are awake during the surgery. Also, there are not many pain-sensing nerves around the bone where the implant is placed. But if you are very nervous about the whole surgery, general anesthesia is available under the guidance of the doctor.
This does not mean there will be no pain at all. After the surgery you will experience some discomfort and pain. This can be managed by the painkillers or any medicines your doctor prescribes you. It is highly recommended to use an ice pack after the surgery as this will reduce the swelling.
Rinsing gently with warm salt water throughout the days following the procedure will help soothe the tissues and will offer additional relief.
In the recent past, the demand for dental implants has been increasing more and more due to its long lasting benefits (Dental implants can last a lifetime) and one-time procedure.
In India, the cost of dental implants ranges from around 35000-50000 INR. There are other high quality implants that could cost you more. The cost also depends on the type of implants
Unfortunately, not all medical/dental insurance covers dental implants, as this procedure is treated as a cosmetic procedure. But before concluding on this, you might want to discuss this with your insurance agent and clarify if this is covered under the scheme you are availing.
Since dental implants is a major dental surgery, it's very important to choose a surgeon with experience who can provide gentle care.
In case you need more information on dental implants or want to schedule an appointment, please call us at 080 4110 0376.